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Police saw signs smuggler liked bestiality

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — Last week’s animal-abuse arrest of a convicted cocaine smuggler wasn’t the first time authorities had found something linking him to bestiality.

A Monroe police commander said Monday that when Douglas Spink’s sport utility vehicle was pulled over in 2005, Spink was strangely protective of a female German shepherd that was with him, and he had stickers on the car indicating he was an animal-man-love activist.

Investigators didn’t bother with those clues because they had much more pressing concerns, namely the 372 pounds of cocaine in the SUV, Cmdr. Steve Clopp said.

“It struck us all as very odd,” Clopp said. “We really hadn’t ever dealt with it before. I mean, you’re driving around with 169 kilos of cocaine, you might be concerned with yourself or the predicament you’re in. But he was just really concerned with the dog.”

Authorities searched Spink’s farm Wednesday after prosecutors received a tip from a public defender’s office in Tennessee. The office reported that Spink had been calling them incessantly about a jailed defendant in a bestiality case in Tennessee.

That man, James Michael Tait, (right) had previously admitted filming a man having sex with a horse in Enumclaw, Wash., in 2005. The man Tait filmed died of internal injuries suffered during the incident. He received a minor sentence in the case because Washington had relatively weak bestiality laws at the time. It’s not immediately clear why Spink was calling Tennessee about the Tait case.

Spink’s lawyer insists there’s no evidence Spink engaged in bestiality.

Read the rest of the Associated Press story by clicking the link below.

Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark dedicated a column to this case today. Check it out here, and enjoy a song he wrote about Tait’s case here.

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